Saturday, July 11, 2020

Loreley Singers







The Loreley Singers are a mixed Choir and a member of the German Canadian Choir Association.

Practice is every Monday (September to June) at 1:00 - 3:30 pm at Club Loreley.


President: Josef Salamon, Tel:905 576 1648
Vice President: Helga Bodenweber, Tel: 905-839-3808
Conductor: Ms. Monica Cotton, Tel: 905 435 0455
Secretary: Helga Gausrab, Tel:905 576 1648
Treasurer: Klemens Denzel, Tel:905 725 4147

Otto K.Heller, Treasurer
604 Aldershot Dr.
Oshawa, Ontario L1K 3B1
Tel.905 728-1045




***Audio Samples***

The Loreley singers are proud to present audio samples of their work to you, simply click to listen!!


  1. Im Walde {mp3}ImWalde{/mp3}
  2. Canada is Singing  {mp3}Canada is Singing{/mp3}


Chairperson's Biography: Otto Heller




Loreley Singers, Oshawa
Otto Heller
604 Aldershot Dr.
Oshawa, Ontario L1K 3B1
Tel: 905 728-1045
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Otto Heller, was born in 1936 in Wiesbaden, Germany. In August 1956 he immigrated into Canada. In 1957 he went back to Germany and got married to Christa Dausacker. Shortly after they returned together to Canada and made Oshawa their home.

Otto found the German club, and quite quickly became an active member. Over the years he has held positions as Club secretary and president.

In 1975 he joined the newly formed 'Loreley Singers'. Over the years, Otto has not only been a singer, but the Club secretary, treasurer and chairperson. He's been the chairperson since 1996.

In 1988 Otto was voted as treasurer of the German-Canadian Singer's Association, and has held this position since.





In April of 1975 members of the German-Canadian Club Loreley in Oshawa got together to form a Choir. In May 36 people met for the first practice and choose the name 'Loreley Singers' for their mixed choir. The first conductor was Kurt Heyman. Mr. Heyman gave the singers some elementary training in preparation for their first Christmas Conzert in 1975.One Year later, Mr. Ross Cotton, a well known, music teacher and conductor in Durham Region, took over as conductor. Under his leadership the Choir participated in the Kiwanis Music Festivals in Oshawa and in the Oshawa Folkart Concerts.

In 1978 the Choir joined the German- Canadian Choir Association and took part in many Music Festivals in Windsor, London, Stratford, Hamilton, Kitchener, Brampton, Toronto, St.Catharines, Montreal and Ottawa under the musical direction of Ross Cotton. In 1986 the Loreley Singers and their conductor Ross Cotton went on tour to Germany and a visit to the Loreley Cliff on the river Rhein. The Choir gave concerts in Kehl am Rhein, in Bellheim/Pfalz, Nagold, Essen and Balve. Ross Cotton’s daughter Monika traveled with the Choir and sang as soloist.

From 1992 till December 2003 Mr. George Zaduban took on the directing of the choir. Mr. Zaduban studied classical music in Budapest, Hungaria at the 'Nazional Musik Konservatorium' under Ferenc Gergely and Zoltan Kodaly. He came to Canada in 1956 and continued to work in his chosen field of music. For a while Mr. Zaduban directed the 'Toronto Symphony Orchestra' as a second conductor. He was instrumental in building the 'Kodaly Dance Ensemble', in creating several choirs, and he started the Hungarian School at the St. Elisabeth Church in Toronto. Where he also was a very well liked Kantor and Organist. Mr. Zaduban died unexpectedly on December 29. 2003. He will be sadly missed by all, but especially by the Loreley Singers.

In June 2003 members of the Loreley Singers took part in a tour of the German-Canadian Choir Association to Austria and Germany. The highlight of this trip was the participation of the 20th Choir Festival with the German Choir Association from 19th to 22nd of June in Berlin. The combined Choirs gave a very successful concert in the Auditorium Maximum of the Humboldt University under the direction of Alvin Reimer (London). Since February 2004 Monica Cotton is the musical director of the Choir. In September 2005 Choir members participated in a Tour of the Czech republic and Hungary organized by the German Canadian Choir Association.